Bond evolution – No Time to Die (#25)

(*Contains some spoilers*) And now we have it, after more than a year of waiting, the final Daniel Craig Bond film has reached cinemas. When the last film ended, we saw Bond and Madeleine Swann walking away from London, from MI6, from the bad guys, the whole shebang. But it's still a surprise that the… Continue reading Bond evolution – No Time to Die (#25)

A glimpse of another life (42.2021)

This week there were a few news stories that caught my eye: * Here’s a crazy idea: on Sakhalin island, a coal (and I think oil) producing island in the Far East of Russia, is getting a 67MW wind farm. A wind farm that will provide energy for the coal mine. Just think about that… Continue reading A glimpse of another life (42.2021)

Books, music, tea (38.2021)

It's been a week with some grim news - the delays in diagnosing and treating cancer caused by Covid-19; the fuel shortages that the government is insisting don't exist; the collapse of several energy companies as gas prices increase just as winter is approaching. Sometimes the news implies that we are on the verge of… Continue reading Books, music, tea (38.2021)

Bond evolution – Spectre (#24)

I love a long tracking shot, and this film opens with a long tracking shot through the streets of Mexico City, crowded for the Day of the Dead celebrations, up the stairs into a hotel, into a lift, into a hotel room, and out along the hotel rooftop where Bond is getting ready to assassinate… Continue reading Bond evolution – Spectre (#24)

Bond evolution – Skyfall (#23)

The film starts with an all action opening sequence as Bond chases an enemy agent through Istanbul - down narrow streets, across the rooftops, and on top of a train. And it ends with Bond toppling from a bridge and the quiet words, "Agent down." The opening credits show a series of graveyard scenes, a… Continue reading Bond evolution – Skyfall (#23)

Bond evolution – Quantum of Solace (#22)

"This was a rubbish film," Husband said to me before we watched it again. I didn't remember it being rubbish, so I went into it with an open mind. It turns out Husband had to eat his words, this film was actually a quite good full-on action film. This film starts timewise just moments after… Continue reading Bond evolution – Quantum of Solace (#22)

Bond evolution – Casino Royale 2006 (#21)

We are approaching the end of the Bond film viewing with the arrival of Daniel Craig. And from the very beginning of this film we are made aware that this is a very different Bond to what we saw previously. The opening scenes are shot in black and white and show the back story of… Continue reading Bond evolution – Casino Royale 2006 (#21)

Bond evolution – Die Another Day (#20)

After watching this film the first time in the cinema, I thought it would be a cold day in hell before I watched it again. It was so bad. I remember having an argument with the friends I saw it with on the way home. "That was a great film," they said. "Are you kidding… Continue reading Bond evolution – Die Another Day (#20)

Bond evolution – The World is Not Enough (#19)

I always thought this was one of my favourite Bond films. It had a good plot, good characters and was directed by a 'serious' director in Michael Apted. However on my recent re-watching I found the gloss had come off it somewhat. The opening credits show a series of dancing women in pools of oil,… Continue reading Bond evolution – The World is Not Enough (#19)

Bond evolution – Tomorrow Never Dies (#18)

Another film that was better than I remembered. In fact there was only one scene that annoyed the hell out of me and I'll get to that later. The film opens well, with an all action, all exploding scene taking place at a terrorist arms bazaar on the Russian border. How things have changed -… Continue reading Bond evolution – Tomorrow Never Dies (#18)